Introductory Algebra Syllabus

Catalog Description:
Designed for students who need a review of fundamental algebraic operations . Topics include operations on real numbers, polynomials, linear equations , inequalities, factoring, graphing, and selected applications problems.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Perform basic operations on algebraic fractions and transfer this knowledge to the solution of application problems.
B. Use the correct order of operations to add, subtract, multiply , and divide real numbers. C. Solve linear equations and inequalities with one variable .
D. Add, subtract , multiply, and divide polynomials.
E. Find the factors of polynomials and use factoring to solve quadratic equations .
F. Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and addition.
G. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to the material of this course.

Weekly Topical Outline:

Week One: This class will begin a week late, starting on June 9
Class Orientation/Review of Real Numbers /Equations/Inequalities
Chapters 1 & 2

Week Two : Graphing/Systems of linear Equations
Chapters 3 & 4

Week Three: Systems of Linear equations/Exponents and Polynomials
Chapters 4 & 5

Week Four: Polynomials/Factoring Polynomials
Chapters 5 & 6
Review for Mid- Term Examination

Week Five: Factoring Polynomials
Mid-Term Examination (All previous topics are viable for this examination.)

Week Six: Return & discuss Mid-Term exams
Factoring Polynomials/ Rational Expressions
Chapters 6 & 7

Week Seven: Rational Expressions/Roots and Radicals
Chapters 7 & 8

Week Eight: Solving Quadratic Equations
Final Examination (All previous topics are viable for this examination.)

Method of Evaluation : % of Grade: Grading Scale:
Homework--200 pts 40% 450-500 pts---A
Mid-Term Examination--150 pts 30% 400-449 pts---B
Final Examination--150 pts 30% 350-399 pts---C
    300-349 pts---D
    299 pts and below--F

Description of Methods of Evaluation: This class will be administered using Lecture/Problem Solving Homework and Examinations. Having time to study and attend class are imperative to performing well in this class. Homework will be graded. Bonus work will also be available. (This will be discussed closely on the first night of class)

Additional Course Information (i.e. instructional methods, out-of-class activities, etc.): Missing more than one class will be considered excessive. Information/class work missed due to absence from class, is the responsibility of the student to obtain. If you do not have time to come to class or study, it is suggested that taking this class be delayed until proper time is available to do so.


Additional Information from the Instructor (make-up exams, rounding of grades, cell phone policy, etc.):

•Late work will not be accepted under normal circumstances, unless prior coordination has been made with the instructor. This means all work is due on time, even in the case of an absence. Assigned work must be turned in on time.

•Examinations must be taken on the assigned night, unless coordination with the instructor has been made. This will be strictly adhered to. If not, a grade of "0" will be given for that assignment/examination.

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